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Jay Vojno gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York, after the city announced that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run clinic.

Fall could be ‘very challenging’ if vaccinations don’t ramp up, HHS official says

The United States needs to expand its vaccination campaign going into the fall if the country is going to stem the nationwide surge of coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant, one of the federal government's top health officials said Friday.

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R.I. man pleads no contest to felony perjury, avoids prison

A member of a New England crime family has reached a deal with prosecutors after allegedly lying about his role as an illegal “silent partner” in a medical cannabis business

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri, US.

Some in Missouri seek COVID shots in secret to avoid conflicts, doctor says

Even as the more contagious delta variant drives a surge in infections, the COVID-19 vaccination effort has become so polarized in Missouri that some people are trying to get shots in secret to avoid conflicts with friends and relatives, a doctor there said.

Washington, D.C. in July.

Global rise in infections threatens ‘hard-won gains,’ WHO director says

A global rise in coronavirus cases driven by the fast-moving Delta variant is causing shortages of critical health-care equipment in dozens of countries and threatening to upend progress against the pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday.

A health worker administers a dose of the Covishield vaccine, developed by Oxford-Astrazeneca Plc. and manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd., to a student, who has a place to study abroad, at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up in a school in New Delhi India, on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Colleges begin to resume study abroad amid Delta variant surge

The Forum on Education Abroad, a nonprofit organization that champions and supports study abroad educators, recently did a "State of the Field" survey and found that of the 216 institutions that responded, 44 percent said they would resume study abroad programs this fall.

The scene at Faulkner Auto Group service center after a tornado hit.

Tornadoes spur injuries, damage in eastern Pennsylvania

At least five people were injured when severe weather struck an auto dealership, homes and other businesses in eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Shoppers in Los Angeles. The C.D.C. now recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks in communities where the virus is surging because of the Delta variant.

CDC internal report calls Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

The delta variant is much more contagious, more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines and may cause more severe disease than all other known versions of the virus, according to an internal presentation circulated within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin, the Senate Armed Services Committee's senior Democrat, speaks to the press after meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad  06 July  2005. Levin said a plan was needed to hand more authority to Iraqi forces and draw down US troops, as a purported message from Al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi vowed more attacks on Iraq's majority Shiites.       AFP PHOTO/POOL/KHALID MOHAMMED (Photo by - / POOL / AFP) (Photo by -/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ex-Senator Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving senator, has died

Former Senator Carl Levin, a powerful voice on military issues in Washington and a staunch supporter of the auto industry back home in Michigan during his record tenure in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 87.